earth-closet
earth-closet earth-closet n. a small building with a bench having holes through which a user can defecate.

Syn: outhouse, privy, jakes. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Earth closet — Earth Earth ([ e]rth), n. [AS. eor[eth]e; akin to OS. ertha, OFries. irthe, D. aarde, OHG. erda, G. erde, Icel. j[ o]r[eth], Sw. & Dan. jord, Goth. a[=i]r[thorn]a, OHG. ero, Gr. ?, adv., to earth, and perh. to E. ear to plow.] 1. The globe or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • earth-closet — noun a small outbuilding with a bench having holes through which a user can defecate • Syn: ↑outhouse, ↑privy, ↑jakes • Hypernyms: ↑outbuilding * * * earthˈ closet noun A lavatory in which the excreta are covered with earth • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • earth closet —    a non flush lavatory    Soil is used to cover the faeces:     Hugh Flatt near the entrance of the earth closet which he still uses in the summer. The waste is mixed with sawdust and household waste to form a wonderful black, friable compost,… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • earth closet — noun A toilet in which excrement goes simply into a hole in the ground. Sometimes abbreviated EC. See Also: water closet …   Wiktionary

  • earth closet — noun Brit. a basic type of toilet with dry earth used to cover excrement …   English new terms dictionary

  • earth closet — /ˈɜθ klɒzət/ (say erth klozuht) noun 1. a privy in which earth is used as a covering or deodorising agent. 2. a privy, usually in rural areas, which is basically a deep hole in the ground …   Australian English dictionary

  • earth closet — noun chiefly Britain : a privy in which earth is used as a covering or as an absorbing or deodorizing agent …   Useful english dictionary

  • Reed Odourless Earth Closet (ROEC) — Reed odourless earth closet is a variation on the ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrine. With ROEC, the pit is fully off set from the superstructure and is connecting to the squatting plate by a curve chute.The ROEC is fitted with a vent pipe to… …   Wikipedia

  • Earth — ([ e]rth), n. [AS. eor[eth]e; akin to OS. ertha, OFries. irthe, D. aarde, OHG. erda, G. erde, Icel. j[ o]r[eth], Sw. & Dan. jord, Goth. a[=i]r[thorn]a, OHG. ero, Gr. ?, adv., to earth, and perh. to E. ear to plow.] 1. The globe or planet which we …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Earth apple — Earth Earth ([ e]rth), n. [AS. eor[eth]e; akin to OS. ertha, OFries. irthe, D. aarde, OHG. erda, G. erde, Icel. j[ o]r[eth], Sw. & Dan. jord, Goth. a[=i]r[thorn]a, OHG. ero, Gr. ?, adv., to earth, and perh. to E. ear to plow.] 1. The globe or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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